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COVER MODEL

LAUREN SHAW

ASHLEY STEWART MODEL SEARCH

ATL, NY and CA

(MEET MADDY JONES!)

LET’S GET

PHYSICAL KENDRA C JOHNSON

IN NEW TYLER PERRY COMEDY

FAKE

YOUR BAKE & SWIM-PROOF YOUR MAKEUP

16 SEXY

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PLUS model

MAY 2013

magazine

COVER MODEL

LAUREN SHAW

ASHLEY STEWART MODEL SEARCH

ATL, NY and CA

(MEET MADDY JONES!)

LET’S GET

PHYSICAL KENDRA C JOHNSON

IN NEW TYLER PERRY COMEDY

FAKE

YOUR BAKE & SWIM-PROOF YOUR MAKEUP

16 SEXY

SWIM SUITS THIS ISSUE SPONSORED BY

SHOWCASE YOUR CURVES

+ 4 HOT TRENDS

COOL

HOT SWIM ISSUE CONTESTS!

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PMM [inspiration]

“Be Y Ev

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CONTENTS Beauty Swim-Prood Makeup Fake Your Bake Montanya’s Top 5 Beauty Favs Beauty Q&A Get the Look

Style Executive Fashion Director 16 Sext Swimsuits Diving Into Swim Always For Me... For You

Editorial Interview with Lauren Shaw Make a Splash Behind the Scenes

Life When Dreaming Big Pays Off We Love Our Readers Let’s Get Physical

Modeling Modeling 101 Spotlight Model Frances Ashley Stewart /PMM Model Search PLUS-MODEL-MAG.COM / MAY 2013


Sponsored By

May 2013 Swim Issue

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PMM [masthead]

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Fashion & Style

Marie Dene

E. Coast Beauty

Tara Taylor

Empowerment E

Kendra C. John PLUS Model Magazine, the premier virtual magazine celebrating the plus size fashion, beauty and plus size modeling industries, inspires you to thrive in your curves, crave contemporary fashion and design your life on your own terms, sans apologies.

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Wellness Edi

Yve Edmon

Staff Photogra

Luke Jones


LUS MODEL Editor-in-Chief Madeline Jones

Executive Director Valery Amador

Exec. Marketing & Creative Dir. Tulin Reid

Executive Fashion Director Reah Norman Editor

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Editor

Shopping Editor

Contributors

Alissa S. Wilson

Tiffany Bank Larissa Laurel

W. Coast Beauty Editor

Deborah Friedman

Artemis

Shannon Hiett Colleen Stovall

Host, PMM Radio

Michelle Rene

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Chenese Lewis

Colleen Stovall

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Entertainment Tia Rudd

Graphic Design Jamilla Harbin

Digital App Manager

Executive Assistant

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PMM [editor-in-chief]

you a pep in your step,

Madeline Jones

but what about when you don’t have a new look, or when you have to peel the layers of clothing off as the summer approaches? In my position you would think that I never face “sizeism” but at a size 22 I can tell you that even inside our very own industry there are many

editor’s note

people who believe you can be TOO BIG for the plus size industry. So what do we do ladies? Cover

Own Your Confidence

T

he PLUS Model Magazine Swim issue always stirs up many emotions in our

readers. Some are dreading the warmer weather and some welcome it. For those that are feeling and living the fabulous life, awesome! For those that are not, I am speaking to you... Own Your Confidence! Having a great new outfit may give PLUS-MODEL-MAG.COM / MAY 2013

up, step away from those events that would require us to show a little leg, or heaven forbid, wear a bathing suit? Absolutely not! I’m certainly not missing any of the exciting events this summer at


Full Figured Fashion Week, and I hope to see you all there! This issue is packed with swimwear options that support your curves in sizes 12 through 34! There is no reason to hibernate during the summer months, we are offered more options than ever before thanks to companies like our Swim Issue sponsor, Always For Me. Speaking of NOT hibernating I will be visiting Atlanta and California and bringing it home to NYC during the month of May... Save the Dates! May 4th - Project Curve Appeal Convention, which runs May 3- 5 (Atlanta, GA) May 5th - In store Ashley Stewart Model Search event - Stonecrest Mall 3pm - 6pm (Atlanta, GA) May 18th - In store Ashley Stewart Model Search event - Southern, CA Culver City Mall 3pm - 6pm (formerly known as Fox Hills Mall) May 25th - In store Ashley Stewart Model Search event - Harlem, NYC Flagship Store 3pm - 6pm Check out www.plus-model-mag.com for more details. I hope you enjoy this sexy issue and continue to feel inspired to Own Your Confidence. MAY 2013 / PLUS-MODEL-MAG.COM


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PMM [inspiration]

Mia Amber Davis Yard July 25, 1975 – May 10, 2011

Remembering our dear friend who brought so much love and light to the world.

Gone but never forgotten...

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PMM [readers react]

PMM

Feedback

We Love to Hear from You! Tell us what you think of your magazine,

what you love, what you like and what you want to see in future issues... From fashion to beauty, modeling to television, and everything in between, share your voice, we’re always listening! Lily Cummings looks amazing! Maria Warren Absolutely gorgeous issue. Congrats PMM TEAM! Nicole Smith So creative, I love the look and feel of the issue. You have always been great but this just took it to another level! Gemma Diez To work with PMM would be a dream. I’m so excited about the Ashley Stewart/PMM model search. Carrie Leber I love the high fashion bridal editorial the most. We seldom see these types of images featuring plus size bodies and it’s about time! Patti Karan I found this issue to be one of your best. PMM never disappoints! Maria Correra Caralyn Mirand has fast become one of my favorite models - she looks amazing in the May issue. Trudy Livingston

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Join Ashley Stewart and PLUS Model Magazine for our 2013

MODEL SEARCH ATLANTA • LOS ANGELES • NEW YORK

ATLANTA 3-6 PM Sunday, May 5 Ashley Stewart Stonecrest Mall

PRIZES • Trip to NYC • Appearance in PLUS Model Magazine • Ashley Stewart Product

LOS ANGELES 3-6 PM Saturday, May 18 Ashley Stewart Culver City

Madeline Figueroa Jones Editor PLUS Model Magazine

NEW YORK 3-6 PM Saturday, May 25 Ashley Stewart 125 West 125th St., Harlem

ALSO • Guest Appearances • Surprise Model Meet & Greet • Giveaways

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Can’t Make it to Atlanta, LA or NY? Make Sure to Enter the Ashley Stewart and PLUS Model Magazine Model Search Online! We would love to meet you in person in Atlanta, LA or NY for the Ashley Stewart and PLUS Model Magazine Model Search... if you cannot make it, make sure to enter online at plus-model-mag.com. Yes, the competition is fierce... we have received well over 1,000 entries online and are so excited about the countless beautiful women who have entered already.

Model Search Tips For those entering in-person or online, here are four tips you may want to consider when it comes to your photos... 1. Images should be of ONLY you 2. We will need two images, one full body image and one head shot 3. Images do not have to be professional but they must be clear (No blurry shots will be considered) 4. The image must not contain nudity or be overly sexual... We want to see your personality shine through! We will be bringing more news about the model search, so make sure to stay updated on everything at plus-model-mag.com. MAY 2013 / PLUS-MODEL-MAG.COM


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Win! Enter to Win One of Four Always For Me Twist Bandeau Swimsuits! Flirty, fun, 5 star reviews, flattering for every body...

Featuring tummy control panel as well as removable straps for a sexy bare shoulder look. Available in 7 sexy colors - Black, Coral, Brown, Aqua, Rose, Red, Plum... Like us on Facebook and tell us why you love this style for your chance to win. Enter weekly for the month of May... one winner per week!

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PMM [beauty] Tara | East Coast Beauty Editor

Swim-Proof

Your Makeup

As warm weather fast approaches, it is time to add a few waterproof products to our makeup bag that will keep us picture perfect, even coming out of the pool!

Diorshow Waterproof Mascara in Azure Blue 258

Urban Decay Cannonball Ultra Waterproof Mascara Stila Smudge Crayon Waterproof Eye Primer + Shadow + Liner

Sephora Retractable Waterproof Eyeliner

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear

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Cream Shadow


Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Cream Eyeshadow Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Waterproof Concealer

Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay

Givenchy Lip Liner

Lancome Aquatique Waterproof Eyecolour Base

Waterproof Concealer

MAC Creamstick Lip Liner

Smashbox O-Gloss MAC Lipglass

Waterproof

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PMM [beauty] confessions of a beauty editor...

Let’s Fake Your Bak DIY Self Tanning Tricks and Tips from the Pros

By West C Editor, Arte

Want to warm up your pale winter skin for the summer months? Here ar

some great tips on how to apply self tanner on your own without streaks or that awful orange color. Follow our advice and your faux tan is sure to be flawless. A great tan can make you look well rested, like you have been on vacation!

Banish Dead Skin Many of us get a little lazy when it comes to using a body scrub, even though we love how our skin feels after we do. When using self tanner, if we have not exfoliated the dead skin from the skin’s surface, then the self tanner will absorb in to the drier areas and appear very patchy. The week that you will use your

Try:

tanning product, exfoliate your body at least twice,

Farmhouse Fresh

especially the areas that are thicker and harder

Coconut Beach

in texture, like your elbows and hands, knees and

Body Polish,

ankles. Avoid salt scrubs if you will self tan because

C. Booth Ginger

salt will detox and dehydrate the skin, creating a

Sugar Body Scrub

streaky tan. So instead, go for sugar or any other substance that will also add moisture!

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Quench Your Body’s Thirst If the skin is in dire need of moisture, the color will absorb very unevenly and appear scaly because self-tanner is coloring the upper layers of the skin only. I advise moisturizing for a few days if you have not been before you actually begin to apply self-tanners so that the color will go on smoothly. An extra tip will be

re

to apply a little extra at the ankles, elbows,

s

knuckles, and where ever else the skin is thicker, and then follow with the self tanner after it is absorbed for a few minutes.

Try: Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion with Broad Spectrum SPF 15, Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter

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Fake Your Bake Self tanner is created with two main color dyes made from DHA or chestnut sugar (yellow-orange) and Erythrulose or beet sugar (red-brown). This color combination is what gives you that golden color. Unfortunately, not all products on the market have found a perfect balance to that golden brown shade. Some of my favorites:

Try: Clarins Delicious Self Tanning Cream, St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse, Jergens Natural Glow Revitalizing Daily Moisturizer, Chocolate Sun Cocoa Lite Sunless Enhancer, Fake Bake Airbrush Instant Self-Tan Spray , Bain de Soleil Mega Tan Sunscreen With Self Tanner, SPF 4

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Blend It IN After applying self tanner, the best trick is to take a clean velour puff and sweep over every inch that you applied the product to. This will ensure that you have blended in any edges that you may have left and that are invisible until the color starts to set in. Your puff can be washed and dried for the next use.

Try: MAC Powder Puff

Pro-tip: When applying to your face, after blending it all in with your powder puff, take a cotton pad and wipe off any excess from your eyebrows and around your hairline. Also wash the palms of hands and nails. These areas do not tan well, and not cleaning off the excess will appear very unnatural. You can apply self tanner a couple of hours before bed so that you can darken overnight. In the morning, reapply a second layer and deepen your tan. You can maintain by reapplying every three days and gently exfoliating once a week. MAY 2013 / PLUS-MODEL-MAG.COM


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Montanya’s Top 5 Beauty Favs! Laura Mercier

Tinted Foundation Mac & Primer Tinted Lip Glass, Color PRRR

Nars’

Blush, Color Orgasm

MAC Fluidline, Color: Blacktrack & Di brown

Moroccan Oil Curly girl must have! *Argon Oil is another alternative and cheaper in price PLUS-MODEL-MAG.COM / MAY 2013


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PMM [beauty]

BEAUTY

Q&A

with Tara Taylor

Hope from Yonkers, NY Asks... I do not have very thick lashes. Is there a way to make them appear thicker without using false lashes?

H

ope, I also have sparse lashes. I understand your plea! The trick is using good volumizing mascara, preferably black. Apply your first coat at the base of your lashes

and wiggle the brush back and forth through to the tips. This will assure that each lash gets coated. Wait 10 seconds and apply a second coat using the same technique. If you like them extra full like I do, go for a third coat!

-Tip-

Take it a step further, use a black kohl liner and gently line your upper waterline and/or draw a very thin line with a liquid

Beauty Question?

or soft pencil liner as close

Email Tara at:

as possible to your lash line.

beauty@plusmodelmagazine.com

That is a great way to give

and your question might be

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PMM [beauty]

Get the Look

With Tara Taylor

This month’s cover model, Lauren Shaw, has the perfect look for a sexy night out or a day on the beach. A little goes a long way and this fool-proof makeup makes for an easy application for even the most novice of makeup wearers!

The Complexion Keep it simple. Tinted moisturizer with a little concealer where needed is ALL that’s needed. Dust a loose or pressed translucent powder over your entire face (including eyelids) to set your makeup. Next, with a light hand, blend your favorite bronzer into the perimeter of your forehead and along your cheeks, jaw line and sides of nose.

The Eyes Use the same bronzer as your eyeshadow, sweeping it across your lid and into your crease, as well as into your lower lashes. Talk about easy! Then thinly line your top lid with a stay-proof black liquid liner. To finish off your eyes, use your favorite black mascara. If you are beaching it…waterproof!

The Lips On Lauren we used a creamy shimmery peach lipstick. If you prefer gloss, by all means wear that instead. Go for the color and texture that you love! PLUS-MODEL-MAG.COM / MAY 2013


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PMM [executive fashion director] Reah Norman

And most importantly, don’t torture yourself! Summer is the best time to have fun with fashion, so be bold, highlight your assets, and focus on the positive. The May issue of PMM will definitely help get you into the swim of things with all the best plus size swimwear trends and the

in the swim...

best ways to wear them. Fashion & Style Editor, Marie, highlights eye

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catching swim kay, beach bombshells‌ lets do this! Nothing says summer like shopping for

the perfect swimsuit. Time to leave your insecurities in your sweater drawer, embrace every part of you, and flaunt those curves. Finding the perfect swimsuit really is a simple formula: Be true to your shape... Balance out your proportions... Choose the right size... PLUS-MODEL-MAG.COM / MAY 2013

trends, Shopping Editor, Alissa, features sexy plus size swimsuits, and I have shared tips and tricks for choosing the perfect Always For Me (alwaysforme.com) suit to flatter your shape.


On a beauty note, West Coast Beauty Editor, Artemis, shares DIY selftanning tricks, and East Coast Beauty Editor, Tara, offers her picks for swim proof makeup. This month’s cover and fashion editorial is exceptionally close to my heart and speaks very true to my personal fashion sensibility. Mixed prints, textures, bold color, and piles of layered-on jewels mixed with sunshine, surf and sand. Shot on location at an amazing Malibu beach bungalow brought a perfectly modern, bohemian girl to life with the ultimate California girl, Lauren Shaw, exclusively wearing Always For Me. Curves - check Confidence – check Perfect suit for you - check! Now “think outside the fashion box” and go conquer the summer!

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us size retailers have gone from producing bland, dark colored, granny-print swimwear to uber sexy swimsuits that will make you feel and look confident. This year, it is all about bold prints and flattering details on swimsuits. I say step outside of your comfort zone and try a high-waisted bikini. If you are a fan of one-piece suits, try one with draping and ruching for a flattering look.

New plus size styles include ombre and color blocked swimsuits. Brands like SwimsuitsForAll, Always for Me, and Monif C. have done an outstanding job with their swimsuits options.

have found 16 sexy swimsuits in all colors, prints and styles that will

y showcase your curves and turn heads. MAY 2013 / PLUS-MODEL-MAG.COM


Sea By Melissa Odabash Bandeau Swimsuit at Simply Be / $72 simplybe.com

Christina Swimsuit at Zulily Available May 3rd - May 6th zulily.com

Lane Bryant Paisley One-Piece / $69.95 lanebryant.com

SwimsuitsForAll Longitude Orange One Shoulder / $65 swimsuitsforall.com MAY 2013 / PLUS-MODEL-MAG.COM PLUS-MODEL-MAG.COM / MAY 2013

Forever21 Ruffled Swimsuit / $24.80 forever21.com

Evans Blue Spot Halter Swimsuit / $57 evansusa.com

Old Navy Polka Dot Ruched Swimsuit / $55 oldnavy.gap.com

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Always For Me Bandeau Swimsuit / $89 alwaysforme.com

Swim Lagoona piece / $170 laswim.com

Lands End al Bikini / $125 ndsend.com

Monif C. Anguilla Cold Shoulder Swimsuit / $158 monifc.com

Monif C Sao Paulo Printed Bikini / $170 monifc.com

Kiyonna Kelly Swim Dress / $118 kiyonna.com

SwimsuitsForAll Polka Dot Bikini (price upon request) swimsuitsforall.com

Target Women’s Black/White Plus Size One-Piece / $28 target.com

SwimsuitsForAll Infiniti Blu Phoenix Crossover Swimsuit / $68 swimsuitsforall.com MAY 2013 / PLUS-MODEL-MAG.COM


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PMM [style]

Diving into

Four Trends that Have Caught our

by Fashion & Style Editor | Marie Denee

W

ith the warmth teasing us, our minds cannot help but wander off to exotic locations, strutting our stuff in the latest and hottest swimwear. Oh? Just us?

Well to help you get ready, we have identified and rounded up some of the best and hottest trends in plus size swimwear. Fashion, form, and function? Plus size swimwear has come a long way from the basic tankini and swim short combo, and beyond the classic black “slimming� suit. Designers and retailers have injected and infused fashionable options for YOU! The one-piece, the monokini, the bikini, and the tankini are definitely mainstays, but mainstream fashion influences deliver us new inspirations to play in and with. So what can we expect for 2013? Swimwear has taken a nod from the catwalks of fashion week to allow for you to make a statement on the beach, by the pool, or on the boat! While there are quite a few micro-trends, like shoulder details, metallics, or fringe, there were a few more that stood out a BIT more that we are here to share with you. Are you ready to check out the trends? Keep reading for you summer 2013 swimwear trends. PLUS-MODEL-MAG.COM / MAY 2013


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Retro Think Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield, the pin up, the bombshell. Oozing in sex appeal or polished in sophistication, the bathing suits and bikinis of the 50s gets a modern update. To channel either one of these trends, think: • High-waist bottoms • One-piece with cinched-in waists sorellaswim.com

• Halter tops or a sweetheart neckline • Playful prints in gingham prints or florals • Ruching that accents the waist and hips • Fuller-cupped tops (no complaints here) Finding these are not too hard either! Take a look at our favorite looks in this trend. lanebryant.com

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alwaysforme.com

sorellaswim.com

simplybe.com

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onestopplus.com


Grecian Feminine. Chic. Expensive. Drama. Of course when you think Greek goddess when it pertains to fashion, you think draping. Gorgeous draping. A great drape can accentuate and camouflage quite strategically. While white may be the first color that comes to mind, you will find this trend in rich jewel tones, in both bikinis and one-piece options! This adds drama to your pool party, accessorizing to the max. Take the Grecian influence to your cover up and your shoes! What does this trend look like? Here are a few faves that embody this trend:

monifc.com

onestopplus.com

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Digital Prints Dare to make a statement in a print that commands and demands attention. Digital prints run the range of flowers, graphic influences, screen shots, and beyond! You can bet that you will find bold prints in fun colors and styles. Whichever print you like, you will most likely find‌ AND, what a better way to get life out of your suit than rocking your long-line bikini top as a crop under your jacket? Yes, I have already thought of this. The Digital Prints below caught our attention:

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beccaetcswim.com


beccaetcswim.com

Digital Prints

simplybe.com

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Show Some Skin Skin, skin, and more skin. The more the merrier for the bold and sassy. Whether cut-out or mesh inserts, you will find extremely sexy swim picks from a few equally daring designers. Definitely for those who like to turn heads and wear their curves with an unquestionable pride, this trend has evolved into a mainstay feature that over the years we will see more of. Check out these cut-outs and mesh details we love!

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monifc.com

Show Some Skin

monifc.com

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PMM [style]

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Up Close

& Personal

with Sexy Lauren Shaw by Madeline Jones

She’s the sexy and curvy model whose image for Hips and Curves makes jaws drop and FB LIKES climb into viral status. What you don’t know about this stunning beauty is the truth behind the images. She’s a California girl who adores her family, is passionate about equality in fashion for all sizes and is one of the most “real” models you will come across. What you soon realize when speaking to Lauren is there is no ego or pretense behind her words. She says what she means, and means what she says. We absolutely loved spending time with her in Malibu, CA for our Always For Me cover/editorial shoot. MAY 2013 / PLUS-MODEL-MAG.COM


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Thank you for taking the time

sunshine! I love being in nature

to chat with us. Can you tell

hiking and camping, two of

us a little bit about yourself?

my favorite things to do on the

I am 25 years old. I grew up in

weekends.

a small town in Northern San Diego, CA called Fallbrook.

How did you get started in the

My grandparents own a 5-acre

modeling industry?

property with the best oranges

So we all know life never goes

you will ever eat! I was lucky

the way we plan it to… in high

enough to own many animals

school I was a Rower.

such as horses, dogs, cats, chickens and whatever strange

For all those who have no idea

animals my brother and I would

what that is I just Googled the

find and bring home. Everyone

definition and is says, “Someone

in my family is big and athletic.

who Rows a boat”... ha-ha. My

My grandfather coached for the

life plan was to train for the

49ers in the 70’s and played for Olympics and be the first woman the Rams.

in my family to get a scholarship to a 4-year college. My senior

My grandmother was a

year I received many offers and

professional dancer/ dance

was on my way to attending

teacher and my mother a track

San Diego State. Mid season

star. So naturally I played every of my senior year I blew out my sport I could play and took every knee in the middle of a race; my type of dance I could take. I

life took a sudden change and

love animals probably more

that is when my mom started

than anything; I have two cats

encouraging me to pursue a

Chloe and Rupert, they are my

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I am going to be honest I never,

doing what I am doing, inspiring

ever pictured myself or thought

all kinds of women to embrace

about modeling.

themselves, to own their body and not give a sh*t what anyone

My view on the whole modeling

thinks. The best compliment

world was pretty negative. From

I have gotten in my life was a

the things I had heard, I didn’t

young girl telling me that I make

want any part of it. As a young

her feel beautiful. At that moment

girl I remember looking at the

I knew what this was all about.

covers of magazines wondering, “Am I supposed to look like that?

What was your first big break

Should I stop eating so much?

in the industry?

Why are my hips bigger than all

I would say the job that got me

my friends?” There was one time

noticed was Hips and Curves.

I wanted to wear this little black

I have worked with them for

dress to a school dance and I

almost 4 years now and they are

thought my hips looked fat in it so amazing! After HC the doors just I got a roll of duck tape and taped started opening and it was on! my hips down. At the end of the night I took the tape off and about What’s your beauty regime? passed out!

I have been using the same product since I was 15 years old.

I laugh at this stupid story

It’s called PCA Skin and it’s the

now because my hips are my

best face wash in the world! I also

moneymakers, and I wouldn’t

try not to wear makeup when I

change me for the world! I can

don’t have to; I think it’s important

now say that I am happy to be

to let your skin breath as much as

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to the edge of death and back,

you can!

especially at that age, however Whom do you admire the most

my mom never let us see her

or has been influential in your

weakness; she stayed strong for

life?

us through it all. A year after she

I admire my mother. My mother

lost her leg she was horseback

is the strongest woman I have

riding and learning how to snow

ever met. When I was 5 years old board. my parents had a bad divorce. My mother, brother and I moved

She is now 17 years clear of

from South Lake Texas to CA.

cancer and owns a successful

My grandparents took us in and

salon and spa in Coronado Island

pretty much raised my brother

called Sanctuary. My mom is

and I with my mom. They are

a single mom, cancer survivor,

amazing people and I owe them

successful business owner and

everything.

bad a**; I am so blessed to be raised by a strong woman

At age 6 my mom was diagnosed like her. I can thank her for my with stage 3 Osteo Sarcoma,

outlook on life and confidence in

cancer of the bone. They ended

myself.

up having to amputate her left leg. My brother, grandparents

What advice do you have for

and I took care of her. Derek my

aspiring models?

older brother learned how to give my mom shots at age 8.

Be true to yourself and your body. Stay positive, imagine your goal every day and go for it.

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PMM [entertainment]

When Dreaming B bhbPays Off By Tia D. R

N

ot only does actress Kendra C. Johnson encourage PL

example turning her dreams into reality. Best known fo as well as starring alongside Oscar winner Mo’Nique in

Most recently, cast in her first series regular role as Linda on the

Network, (oprah.com/own) Kendra is excited to embark on this jo

about her new role, Kendra’s story is definitely one of courage, d PLUS-MODEL-MAG.COM / MAY 2013


BIG udd

LUS Model Magazine readers to Dream BIG, she is leading by

or her roles in fan favorites such as the television show The Game the film Phat Girlz this talented actress is destined for greatness. new sitcom Tyler Perry’s Love Thy Neighbor for the OWN

ourney. Taking a little time out of her busy schedule to talk to us

determination, and inspiration that every woman should read. MAY 2013 / PLUS-MODEL-MAG.COM


Tia: Kendra, The entire PLUS Model Magazine team is so proud of you; it must be really exciting working with two power houses such as Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry. Tell us how you are feeling now in this present moment?

Kendra: It is awesome; it is an amazing blessing. I have had lots of dreams and being a series regular on a sitcom was one of them. Working with Tyler Perry was a dream and just meeting Oprah was one. But for each of those dreams to come together and happen in concert, is beautiful. It happened so fast, it was mind blowing. I am very excited. I am humbled. I am grateful. PLUS-MODEL-MAG.COM / MAY 2013


Tia: Tell us a little about your

audition for both shows. It was

path to being cast in the new

the week before Christmas. I

series Love Thy Neighbor.

auditioned and had a great time. I felt like I left it all in the room

Kendra: Last year I had, what

and that is a great feeling to

I like to call, a HUGE small

have after an audition. I hoped

role in Mr. Perry’s film Single

to hear from them some time

Mom’s Club. That was my first

after the New Year for a possible

opportunity to work with him and

callback. Needless to say, things

was its own very timely blessing.

progressed MUCH quicker than I

I literally was on set one day, but

imagined they would. I was cast

it was an incredible experience.

as a series regular in the sitcom

The cast and entire crew were

and began filming February 14th,

amazing. Mr. Perry was very

not even two full months after my

welcoming and made me feel

initial audition. I am still in awe!

super comfortable. He seemed to make an effort to help me

Tia: Earlier in our conversation

believe my contribution to the film you spoke on how Mr. Perry was valued.

made you feel very welcome

At our wrap party, I shared a

and comfortable. Explain a little

beautiful conversation with Mr.

more about how he was able to

Perry’s casting director during

accomplish that. I also know he

which, she mentioned the two

had a HUGE surprise for the cast

new pilots they were working on

before taping started.

for the OWN network - a drama and a sitcom. The following

Kendra: The Friday before we

Monday, my agent got a call from

began filming Mr. Perry had the

the casting office, inviting me to

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producers over to his house for

nervous, are you at all nervous

dinner. It was the perfect way

about working with two icons in

to begin our journey. It allowed

entertainment?

us to show up to our first day of filming with a certain degree

Kendra: Let me say this, there

of familiarity and comfort with

are many areas in my life where

our cast mates and producers.

I do not feel intimidated, but work

It made a difference. Then, the

like this is a bit different for me.

Wednesday before we began

There is absolutely a level of

filming he invited us all on set

nervousness, especially when I

and in true Tyler Perry fashion

allow myself to live in what this

surprised us with Oprah Winfrey.

all really means. It is a big deal

We were thrilled and definitely

because I am working with Iconic

surprised! To stand there and

people in my industry, but it is

listen to Mr. Perry and Ms.

also a big deal because I have

Winfrey express their excitement

been dreaming and working for

about the partnership, to thank

something like this to happen

US for our contributions and

for so long. Now that I have

conclude with a prayer for our

the opportunity, all those things

journey - I was full. It all began to

considered, I want to do my

sink in and it felt miraculous. It is

absolute best work! I want to

a huge blessing.

be a great steward of this gift. I want to make my family proud.

Tia: You are always empowering

I want Mr. Perry to be proud of

the PMM readers and definitely

what we create together. I want

do not come across as being a

to be proud of myself, and the

woman who is easily intimated.

weight of all that certainly gives

However, in life there are certain

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Tia: Reflecting on your past

the best plus sized woman for

and everything you have been

this role, but because he felt

through to get to this point, the

I was the best actress for the

challenges of being a plus size

role. That meant a great deal to

actress in Hollywood, would you

me. My character on the show -

say it was all worth it?

Linda Love Harris - is a mother, a daughter, and a wife. She is

Kendra: Oh absolutely! In my

strong and relatable. She is a

role as Empowerment Editor

real woman! I LOVE that Mr.

of PMM, I desire to uplift,

Perry saw Linda in me, plus size

encourage and inspire women.

or not. It speaks directly to what

My career triumphs and trials

I have wanted to be seen as in

help me to be an example of

my work. So, was it worth it?

what can happen if you work to

ABSOLUTELY!

live in that space - a space of hopefulness and belief. Being a

Make sure to tune into the OWN

plus size woman in this industry

Network on May 29, 2013 for the

can be a struggle and one

PREMIERE episode of Love Thy

thing I have always desired is

Neighbor at 9 PM EST, 8PM CST.

that I be seen beyond my body size. One thing that I love so

“Tyler Perry’s Love Thy Neighbor

much about my character in

is a collection of stories that

Love Thy Neighbor is that there

warm the heart, provoke thought,

was nothing in the character

and always serves up a heap of

breakdown that specified size.

laughs. Through all the changes,

I was the curviest actress I saw

there is one constant, and that

audition for my role. I love that

is the universal language called

Tia, I love that Mr. Perry chose

Love. It’s all about love.”

me - not because he felt I was

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PMM [wellness]

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Let’s Get Physical by Yve Edmond

M

ay, National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, allows us the opportunity to address how plus size women are able to maintain their health and physical fitness at every

size. In this month’s piece, we will focus on physical wellness and activity options for those working out by themselves, in pairs, with their significant other, with family, and with friends. In addition to creative workout ideas, we are also highlighting three women on their individual paths to wellness and providing information for plus friendly fitness sessions and companies providing stylish activewear. So, let’s get moving!

Physical Wellness involves all aspects of life necessary to ensure optimal health through the combination of physical activity and healthy eating habits.

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Components to physical wellness include: 1) Improving cardiovascular strength and endurance 2) Building muscular strength and endurance and 3) Increasing flexibility Obtaining physical wellness (PW) empowers you to gain a deeper understanding of your body’s capabilities, limits, and warning signs. In previous issues we’ve discussed intellectual wellness (how important it is for the mind to be present and fully engaged in all activity) and environmental wellness (how the environment plays an integral role in our individual health). PW combines these two previously discussed topics, in addition to nutrition, to produce the best functioning system at any size and age.

Meet a few women doing just that... Stacey Hiett: New Version of Me After giving birth to my son, I developed a newfound respect for my body. I went from just liking it to being in love with it for the amazing process it challenged itself to do. With that being said, I made a pact to treat my body as it had treated me. I came across a documentary named “Hungry for Change” which inspired me to change my eating habits. I then began to put my son in the stroller and go on walks... then I started doing situps while he slept, and arm workouts while he watched me. I am still a work in progress but I couldn’t be more proud of my body. PLUS-MODEL-MAG.COM / MAY 2013


Latoya Norwood I started my journey to wellness over a year ago as a plus beauty queen. Making the decision was not easy, as it would require a total lifestyle change. To keep my body healthy, properly nourished, and functioning well... I eat smaller, more frequent meals throughout the day. I also exercise 3-5 days per week for one hour at a time (30 mins cardio & 30 mins strength training). I keep track of everything in a mobile app called MyFitnessPal. Ultimately, I’ve changed my life.

Steffany Bready Allen: I’m Doing It For Me” In an effort to improve my curves, I decided to try the Brooklyn Bridge Workout. I started at a good pace but gradually the group passed me. I looked around noticing I was alone and began thinking “Well, if I just turn around and go home, no one would notice I was missing”…but something in me said to keep going, so I did. I was not discouraged because I was there, on that bridge, doing something which was good for me! Nearing the end, I was exhausted and virtually in tears because I had never done anything like that before. Even though I was last to finish, the instructor and a few others from the group were cheering me on at the finish line. I’m so glad I completed that workout. It was a huge personal victory for me. MAY 2013 / PLUS-MODEL-MAG.COM


(WHO) The World Health Organization defines physical activity as “Any

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body movement produced by skeletal muscles which require energy

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Working Out in Pairs

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t really helps to keep a smiling face & an increased pace.

sh air & sunlight can lighten the mood.

ng a supportive workout partner to help you reach that goal... Couples keeping the fire going outside of the bedroom...

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Time for the Girls or Boys Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s power in numbers! Form your own workout unit and motivate each other. Socialize and improve your physical wellness. Fitness Guru Diane Williams... Of curvygoddesslounge.com, located in the NY Metro area, provides women with tools from nutrition plans to personal training sessions with her clients. Plus Pole Diva, Roz... (facebook.com/RozMTheDiva) offers pole and exotic dancing sessions exclusively for plus size women, allowing an environment of freedom and love.

Dressing the Part Companies such as AlwaysForMe, Cult of California, Forever21, Junonia, Nordstrom, etc. provide stylish and affordable active-wear options allowing us to look good & feel good while working out. Clothing featured in this editorial includes Deb Shops, JustMySize, Lane Bryant, and TJMaxx. For more information on anything discussed in this article, feel free to email me wellness@plusmodelmagazine.com PLUS-MODEL-MAG.COM / MAY 2013


Photo: Colleen Stovall, Adrienne Morella in TJ Maxx Tie Dyed & Marshalls, Quita Bishop, Jese Gary in Neon Activewear top TJ Marshalls & Deb Shops Fold over waist yoga pant, Limarie Lewis in Dep Shops Active Neon Trapeze Top w LB activewear leggings Shoot Creative Director: Yve Edmond Co-Creative Director, Stylist, & MUA: Corrinn Licheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t of BeautyBoxStyle and the Fuller Figure Blog Photographer: Beth Lincoln, Empire Photography Models: Quita Bishop Jese Gary Reinhard Agency reinhardagency.com Limarie Lewis IPM Models ipmmodels.com Adrienne Morella Reinhard Agency & IPM Models reinhardagency.com ipmmodels.com Colleen Stovall

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odeling 101

by Madeline Jones

Media and Your Reputation ne of the biggest changes the modeling industry has had to adapt to is the use of social media. Many years ago agencies and clients knew nothing more about the model they were

ther than what was in front of them. Now with Facebook, Twitter,

m and many other social media platforms, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very easy for

s to follow models and find out more about them.

s this could be a blessing or a curse depending on the company

urse, what you are posting. Keep in mind that many companies in

ry are still very â&#x20AC;&#x153;girl next doorâ&#x20AC;? focused, and therefore this is what

to portray through their models. You may not realize that you are

wed by photographers, art directors and marketing executives for

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Tips:

• Do not rant about ANY plus size brands, they could be your next pote

• Refrain from using racial slurs, posting drunken videos or overly sexu

• Do not lie to your agent or people in the industry. If you cannot take a

amusement park, but you said you were taking care of grandma, you ca

Social Media:

What you need to know: Some companies are looking up models o

that you are mindful of how you use your social media platforms. We are

create an amazing following and reputation by being genuine and suppo

don’t want is to be known as is a self-obsessed model because if people well. Show your beauty and how you embrace your curves, but find the

Does Your Reputation Matter?

The answer is yes. I can tell you personally that I have been in conve

on about their negative experience with her on set. Clients talk, people

In addition, no matter what happens on set, you should maintain your pr

hair, makeup or clothing. Unless your eyelash is falling off or you are ha concept to life.

What Do You Want to Be Known For?

As a model it’s important to always know that your personality is jus

for 8 hours or more with a model that talks too much, has to take severa as the model that is always on time and brings great energy to the set. PLUS-MODEL-MAG.COM / MAY 2013


ential booking

ual images

a job, tell the truth. If you lie and then post pictures of yourself at the

an be sure this will not go over well.

on social media before they book. For this reason, it is very important

e living in the age of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Selfieâ&#x20AC;? pictures and #modellife. You can

orting other causes, movements and people in the industry. What you

e are feeling this way, agencies and companies may feel the same as balance that continues to make you approachable and likeable.

ersations when a modelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name was brought up and another client went

e talk and the crew on set talks so this means you should NOT.

rofessionalism and composure. A model should never complain about

aving a wardrobe malfunction, your job is to bring the art directors

st as important as your modeling skills. No one wants to be on set

al smoke breaks or is distracted by her phone. You want to be known

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Spotlight Model of the month May

by Tiffany Bank

Name: Frances Cordova City: Connecticut Stats: 5’ 9” Size: 14 Site: francescordova.com PLUS-MODEL-MAG.COM / MAY 2013


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way for other models in the plus size

goals as a plus model?

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My tangible goal is to be able to model full-time. As far as desires, I truly hope to inspire women, girls, and everyone in general to go for what they want, whether that means being a teacher, a small business owner or becoming President of the United States. I realize and understand more and more everyday how much of an effect a â&#x20AC;&#x153;modelâ&#x20AC;? can have on others. I want to make sure that I continue to make a positive, lasting impression on those I meet personally, professionally and others who may be taking notice from the sideline. Oh and I love to travel, so if I could travel while modeling I would be one happy girl! What can we look forward to you doing in the next year? I just recently signed with Wilhelmina in NYC. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m extremely excited to be on a board with so many beautiful women and with an agency that has many years of experience. This year, I plan on continuing to gain experience, work with different clients in the industry and evolve as a model, as I pursue my modeling career full-time. Name your favorite store to shop for curvy clothes in your hometown.


I love H & M, Forever 21 and when I really need something different I go to a specialty boutique called Vintage Chic; they carry one-of-akind vintage pieces. I’m plain when it comes to style so I enjoy wearing classic, simple looks. Being a size 14 and having long “thick” legs makes it difficult to shop. I feel stuck in-between sizes most of the time. It’s exciting to see companies really starting to pay attention to style as well as fit. Companies such as Igigi, Curvy Couture and Monif C. seem like they’re right on track with what the plus size consumer wants and needs. Who were the Photographers and Makeup Artists for the photo(s)? • Black and white headshot: Anthony Evans, H/MU Liz Castellanos • Black dress: Bradford Willcox, H/MU Germaine Nichols • Bra/Underwear: Michelle Alexandra, H/MU Tiffany Purdy • Gold dress: Michael Brager, H/U Bridget Brager

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